Monthly Archives: October 2011

How Katie Found an Apartment and a Roommate Using Craigslist

How Katie Found an Apartment and a Roommate Using Craigslist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Katie tells about her success using Craigslist. “In June of 2010, I got the call that would change my life forever…I landed my first job in NYC! I was really excited to start my job in two weeks, but then quickly realized that I had nowhere to live in the city and…
Tips on Getting Enough Heat for Your Apartment

Tips on Getting Enough Heat for Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s getting cold in Chicago, which means it’s time to fire up the heater! For apartment dwellers, this can mean one of two things: either you have a radiator, or you have a thermostat. Let’s deal with them separately. Apartments with a Radiator If you have a radiator, you’re lucky in one respect: your landlord is…
Make This Hummus/Potato Salad for Your Next Potluck Party

Make This Hummus/Potato Salad for Your Next Potluck Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our food blogger and CIA student Sam shows how to put to use your new kitchen equipment and stocked pantry and throw a potluck dinner party. HUMMUS, POTATO AND ZUCCHINI SALAD by Sam             A potluck dinner is a great way for friends to get together and have an affordable, home-cooked meal. Often there are a wide variety of dishes served, and…
How to Make Friends in a New City

How to Make Friends in a New City

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
MOVING TO THE BIG CITY…ALONE by Katie Moving to a new city is an exciting and scary time, and it can be even more daunting when you’re doing it on your own. I started my career and life fresh out of college in NYC a little more than a year ago.  I moved to the…
Don’t Get Surprised by These Extra Expenses on Your Rental

Don’t Get Surprised by These Extra Expenses on Your Rental

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
WATCH OUT FOR THESE FIVE EXTRA COSTS ON YOUR RENTAL by Katherine So you’ve made your rent budget and you’ve been good and remembered to budget for basic utilities like internet, cable, electricity, gas and even water. But what about those sneaky expenses you didn’t think about and are now stuck with because you signed…
First Apartment Pantry Essentials

First Apartment Pantry Essentials

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our culinary expert Sam, a student at the CIA, has put together his list of  pantry essentials. The full list will cost about $100 at any large supermarket (we priced it at Fresh Direct in NYC) but if you are living solo or have minimal space, you could get started with $50 or even less.…
Announcing Our *$100 Giveaway* Winner

Announcing Our *$100 Giveaway* Winner

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hi, it’s Alex again, Alissa’s boyfriend. True to form, we’re ready to announce the winner of our $100 Giveaway. But first, a reminder of the rules as desribed in  this post from Sept. 26.  All entrants were to describe in the comments section their most recent apartment transformation and for their entry to be valid, they…
Our Tailgating Party Tips & $100 Gift Card Still Up For Grabs

Our Tailgating Party Tips & $100 Gift Card Still Up For Grabs

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hi guys, it’s Alex again, Alissa’s boyfriend. As you may remember, I hosted a tailgate-at-home party event this past weekend, only a month after having moved cross-country. The event was sponsored by Apartment Guide (see disclosure below), which has a whole host of information about maximizing your apartment space, and gussying up your apartment for your…